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Clash

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Posted Jan 21 2013 at 5:32:10 AM   |
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Which beer trend in the last 5 years have you enjoyed the most?

-Barrel Aging
-American Black Ales/Black IPA
-American Wild Ales/Brett Beers
-Single Hop Experiments
-Microbrewery Collaborations
-New Imperial Styles (Wits/Ambers/Browns)
-None of these, keep it old school!

I will break down this poll option by option. But first I will explain to you I've been in the craft beer game for about 10 years now. When I first got started these options did not exist or were rare, at least in the US craft beer scene.

-Barrel Aging .... Seemed to really take off in the mid 00s. The fad has died off but barrel aging is here to stay.

-American Black Ales/Black IPA .... I won’t say Stone started it but the 11th Anniversary Stone sure did seem to launch it. I don't recall many from this style prior to about 2007.

-American Wild Ales/Brett Beers .... No clue what started this but this trend is still raging. Yeasty/Brett U.S micro beers were not widely popular until a few years ago.

-Single Hop Experiment .... This is taking a beer, usually an IPA, and tweaking hop profiles. See Yazoo who has done close to 100 of them!

-Microbrewery Collaborations .... It is now commonplace for a micro or two or three to get in on one beer. This was not always the case.

-New Imperial Styles (Wits/Ambers/Browns) .... Imperial Stouts have well been around forever. Imperial IPAs have been around since the 90s. I’m talking about Imperial Wits, Wheatwines, Imperial Reds, and Big Brown Ales etc. Ten years ago Arrogant Bastard was cutting edge now 100s or even 1000s are doing the same BIG BEER thing.
kinger

2714 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 8:42:28 AM   |
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American Wild / Brett

Rayon Vert - enough said.
fargingbastige6

3573 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 9:47:23 AM   |
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I've tried several of these with varying results, the best of which is mediocre
I applaude the creativity, but stick with old school.
Flashpro

3284 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:32:19 AM   |
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Plenty of beer trends make no sense to me, but experimentation is good and I'm willing to live with a few fads knowing that only the greatest will survive the test of time! After all, every classic style must have been a fad at some point [:)]
heemer77

1761 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:41:22 AM   |
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I went with Wild Ales. Many interesting ones.

The other trends, meh.
Stoutlover72

4256 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 1:26:19 PM   |
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To me, a classic example of an IPA will rule over any BA quad/impy any day. Give me a bone dry Belgian ale over a American wild ale, as I know what I'm going to get with a classic.

Keep it old school!
slowrunner77

4237 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 8:53:19 PM   |
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Torn between the barrels and the wild stuff...though sometimes they are one and the same. And I love them both!
FoamDome

2602 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:08:08 PM   |
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this gets my vote for best poll of all time
FoamDome

2602 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:20:07 PM   |
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My vote is for the single hop experiments, which i have truly enjoyed the most among all the trendy trends.

I am big on sensory perception, and therefore I like very much the experiments where a single ingredient is isolated, the better to understand its impact on flavor and aroma. I for one learned (and therefore enJOYed) the most from beers where the exact same grain bill was accentuated by a series of different hops.

Nelson Savin wins!

e.g., Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
FoamDome

2602 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:21:02 PM   |
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quote: Originally posted by slowrunner77

Torn between the barrels and the wild stuff...though sometimes they are one and the same. And I love them both!


Nice. Well said. Bring it all on!
mattfungus

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Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:29:49 PM   |
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I too chose the single hop, though I have noticed another trend lately and that's style mixing, Like green flash mixing an ipa with a belgian red.

I like the mixing of hops styles and the other trend i notice is adding exotic hops.
FoamDome

2602 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:48:26 PM   |
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Least faved: Black IPAs.
FoamDome

2602 posts
Posted Jan 21 2013 at 10:52:58 PM   |
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Collaborations I have tried (and nearly always enJOYed)

Collab: Schneider / Brooklyn
Collab: Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone
Collab: Brooklyn / Schneider
Collab: De Proef Brouwerij / Bell's
Collab: Weihenstephaner / Boston Beer Co., Inc.
Collab: Left Hand / Terrapin
Collab: Avery / Russian River
Collab: Sierra Nevada / Abbey of New Clairvaux
Collab: Brew Dog / Mikkeller
Collab: Cigar City / Hill Farmstead, VT / Grassroots Brewing, Denmark
Collab: Cigar City / Hill Farmstead, VT / Grassroots Brewing, Denmark
Collab: Birra del Borgo / Dogfish Head
Collab: Sierra Nevada / Abbey of New Clairvaux
Collab: DC Brau / Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Collab: The Bruery / Elysian / Stone
Collab: Epic / DC Brau
Collab: 21st Amendment / Ninkasi
Collab: Stillwater / Brewer's Art
Collab: Heavy Seas / Devils Backbone
Collab: Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone
Collab: Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone
Collab: Ommegang / d'Achouffe
Collab: DC Brau / Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Collab: DC Brau / Devil's Backbone
Collab: DC Brau / Bluejacket
Collab: Boulevard / Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Collab: Devils Backbone / Bluejacket
Collab: Green Flash / St. Fuellien
Collab: Terrapin / Heavy Seas
Collab: Shmaltz / Terrapin
Collab: De Proef Brouwerij / Hair of the Dog
Collab: New Belgium /; Brewery Vivant
Collab: District Chop House / DC Brau / Chocolate City / 3 Stars / Mad Fox / Gordon Biersch
Collab: Boulevard / Sierra Nevada
slowrunner77

4237 posts
Posted Jan 22 2013 at 12:44:15 AM   |
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The beer geek in me rejoices when we get to do a single hop lineup!

quote: Originally posted by FoamDome

My vote is for the single hop experiments, which i have truly enjoyed the most among all the trendy trends.

I am big on sensory perception, and therefore I like very much the experiments where a single ingredient is isolated, the better to understand its impact on flavor and aroma. I for one learned (and therefore enJOYed) the most from beers where the exact same grain bill was accentuated by a series of different hops.

Nelson Savin wins!

e.g., Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
Clash

2028 posts
Posted Jan 22 2013 at 3:11:13 AM   |
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quote: Originally posted by FoamDome

this gets my vote for best poll of all time


Thanks Foam! Every once in a decade I get an OK idea [:D]
Clash

2028 posts
Posted Jan 22 2013 at 3:14:51 AM   |
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My favorite is probably the Wild Ale trend. Before that you were looking at some fairly pricey Belgian exports for that sour craving.

My least favorite is the Black IPA deal. I think this might be on the down slope but in 2011 every damn brewery had one and IMHO alot of them sucked. It is really easy to mess up combining citrus and coffee/chocolate flavors. I usually don't put lemons in my coffee ya know [xx(]


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